Why should I let the toad work
Squat on my life?
Can’t I use my wit as a pitchfork
And drive the brute off?

Six days of the week it soils
With its sickening poison -
Just for paying a few bills!
That’s out of proportion.

Lots of folk live on their wits:
Lecturers, lispers,
Losers, loblolly-men, louts-
They don’t end as paupers;

Lots of folk live up lanes
With fires in a bucket,
Eat windfalls and tinned sardines-
They seem to like it.

Their nippers have got bare feet,
Their unspeakable wives
Are skinny as whippets – and yet
No one actually starves.

Ah, were I courageous enough
To shout, Stuff your pension!
But I know, all too well, that’s the stuff
That dreams are made on:

For something sufficiently toad-like
Squats in me, too;
Its hunkers are heavy as hard luck,
And cold as snow,

And will never allow me to blarney
My way of getting
The fame and the girl and the money
All at one sitting.

I don’t say, one bodies the other
One’s spiritual truth;
But I do say it’s hard to lose either,
When you have both.

— Philip Larkin

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  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainalmost 7 years ago

    What an awesome & cool drawing. Lovin’ the poem, too, Both are great!!!!!!

  • Thanks :D

    – ZoJones

  • mtanton
    mtantonalmost 7 years ago

    Love the drawing, and the Larkin poem is new to me. Having recently walked out of a crap job it speaks to me directly. ‘This be the verse’ is one I love too.

  • Thanks! I love ‘This be the verse’ as well. :)

    – ZoJones

  • mingtees
    mingteesalmost 7 years ago

    very cool! Your draftsmanship is just amazing.

  • Thank you very much indeed :)

    – ZoJones

  • Geir Floede
    Geir Floedealmost 7 years ago

    A very great and funny draving.
    Very great done.

  • :) thank you.

    – ZoJones

  • Amber Williams
    Amber Williamsalmost 7 years ago

    I love your work and your style!…very creative! :D

  • Ta very much!

    – ZoJones

  • franzi
    franziover 6 years ago

    so funny, love your art, it’s so original :)

    ROUBLE RUSTabout 6 years ago

    AAA amazing!!!!

  • penspapers
    penspapersalmost 6 years ago

    I like the way you think.
    Nice work!

  • carboneye
    carboneyealmost 2 years ago

    I couldn’t agree more!!, how ludicrous it is to have to waste our lives doing things that we hate just to keep a roof over heads, it’s no wonder why we all crave riches and so many simply give up or turn to crime.
    Great collab! :)

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